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COVID-19: PTF increase gradual lockdown ease by 2 weeks.


The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has extended the gradual easing of the lockdown by two weeks.

The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, announced this on Monday during the briefing of the members of the task force in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said, “The reality is that in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority.

“Any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace. Advisedly, the current phase of eased restriction will be maintained for another two weeks during which stricter enforcement and persuasion measures will be pursued.”

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Mustapha explained that the extension of the first phase of the lockdown ease was to enable other segments of the economy to prepare adequately for compliance with the guidelines, preparatory to reopening in the coming weeks.

According to him, the PTF shares the pains of Nigerians but the future of the country is in their hands and subsequent decisions will depend greatly on their compliance.

The PTF chairman also disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved some recommendations of the task force.

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He said, “​The measures, exemptions, advisories, and scope of entities allowed to reopen under phase one of the eased locked down, shall be maintained across the federation for another two weeks effective from 12 midnight of May 18 to June 1.”

Other recommendations approved by the President include ​intensifying efforts to communicate, identify, and manage COVID-19 cases; and ​elevating the level of community ownership of non-pharmaceutical interventions.

The lockdown order in Kano State, according to the SGF, has also been extended by another two weeks.

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He noted that the President had announced a phased and gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory in his nationwide broadcast on April 27.

Mustapha added that the President also highlighted the additional nationwide measures aimed at ensuring that the nation’s economy continued to function within the limiting constraints posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Protest in Isolation centre – Gombe Assembly summon taskforce. [Nigeria]

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The Gombe State House of Assembly has summoned the State Taskforce Committee on COVID-19, following the protest in two isolation centres last week at the state capital.

The Speaker of the State Assembly, Abubakar Kuba, who gave the directive at the floor of the House on Monday, said that the lawmakers want to know what led to the protests and what action has been taken to resolve the issues.

Before the meeting went into a closed-door, the chairman of the task force, Idris Mohammed told journalists that his committee would provide any information on the incident, adding that they have nothing to hide.

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Many isolated COVID-19 patients took to the streets in Gombe state last week over the alleged poor state of their isolation centre.

They were later joined by numerous other members of the community where the isolation centre was located.


#Newsworthy…

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Nigerians react as Ogun govt. arrest pastor who had more than 50 members – say ‘Go and arrest Oyedepo.’


The Ogun state task force this morning shut down the Apostolic church in Sagamu, and arrested the presiding pastor for flouting the order of the state government not to have more than 50 persons in any gathering.

The state governor, Dapo Abiodun, issued the ban as part of measures to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

A twitter user who witnessed the moment the police stormed the church and effected the arrest of the pastor and sealing of the church, shared a video online.

Meanwhile Nigerians are asking why the same taskforce did not go to Ota where billionaire clergyman, David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, held a service this morning with more than 50 persons allegedly in attendace.


#Newsworthy…

Amotekun, IPOB are illegal, Hisbah, Ok – FFK reacts


Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the decision by the Federal government to declare Amotekun, the security outfit set up by southwest governors, an illegal organization.

In an earlier released statement, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said that Amotekun is not backed by any law in the country. He insisted that the Federal Government is solely responsible for security of citizens of Nigeria.


Reacting to this decision, FFK in a post shared on his Facebook page this morning, wondered why the Hisbah Police in the North West and Civilian Joint Task Force in the North East can be seen as legal but Amotekun which is to protect indigenes of the South West is illegal.

He wrote; ”Hisbah Police in North West is ok. Civilian Joint Task Force in North West is ok. Civilian Joint Task Force in North East is ok. Meanwhile, IPOB in South East are terrorists and Amotekun in South West is illegal! One day Nigerians will get tired of this bullshit, get sense and free themselves from this insufferable bondage.

Femi Fani-Kayode


“The bitter truth is that what the Federal Government has done by claiming that Amotekun is illegal is to strengthen the hand and harden the resolve of the more radical and forceful elements and the more extreme nationalist forces in the South West who have always challenged the erroneous notion, flawed logic and questionable assumption that the unity of Nigeria is not only settled but also sacrosanct.

If you say that we cannot defend ourselves and our people from tribal and religious bigots, ethnic cleansers, genocidal maniacs, barbarous savages, bloodthirsty jihadists, blood-lusting terrorists, racial supremacists, and cold-blooded mass murderers simply because we are southerners then to hell with your Nigerian unity”.


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2 trucks seized by Kano state task force.

…loaded with fake and expired drugs.


The Kano State Task Force on Fake and Counterfeit Drugs has impounded two trucks loaded with fake and expired drugs.

According to statement from the health ministry signed by Malam Ismail Gwammaja, Public Relations Officer of the ministry, the Chairman of the task force and Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, led the hunt for the trucks on receiving an information about them.


It said that the trucks were found in an incomplete building at Unguwar Dabai in Dala Local Government. The statement said that government was committed to curbing the sale and consumption of illicit and fake drugs “especially by youths and women in the state”.

It said that government was strict on its resolve to end the rampant use of the substances and had ordered that the drugs market in Sabon Gari be moved to Dangwauro in Kumbutso Local Government.


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